Are you wondering if the Invisalign treatment is right for you? This guide explains the top 9 things to know about Invisalign.
Is Invisalign Right For You?
Invisalign is a revolutionary new way to move teeth that can effectively correct a wide range of orthodontic issues. In a wide array of clinical trials and after more than 10 years of patient usage, Invisalign has been shown to be an alternative to braces that can change your orthodontic alignment in exciting ways.
Invisalign is Discreet
Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign relies on a transparent mouthpiece that gradually moves the teeth around without being as cumbersome or noticeable as metallic wires and brackets. Technically it is not invisible, but it is much harder to see than the alternative.
Every Invisalign mouthpiece is different because each one is customized to fit your teeth as they are now and shape them according to your needs. Using 3-D technology and modeling techniques, your orthodontist and the Invisalign laboratory mold a one-of-a-kind mouthpiece.
Invisalign is Better than Braces
Patients often complain about the pain or braces, the permanence of having them on, and the unsightly addition it makes to their smile. Invisalign uses no brackets or wires, does not require regular tightening, and can only be seen with close inspection. In every way that matters, this treatment is better than braces.
Invisalign is Not for Everyone
Invisalign can effectively correct a wide range of orthodontic issues. But for more complex problems, it may not be the appropriate solution. The only way to know for sure is to consult with an orthodontist that has experience working with Invisalign.
Invisalign is Safe for Teens
Invisalign cannot be used for children because it requires a set of fully grown teeth to be effective. But it is safe for teenagers to use. Invisalign Teen is a slightly modified version of the system that is more appropriate for the lifestyle of teenagers but no less effective.
Invisalign Takes Time
Invisalign is not an overnight solution. It is recommended that the mouthpiece be worn for around 22 hours a day for a minimum of around 12 months. Patients with more complex problems may need to wear the mouthpiece for up to three years. This is comparable to traditional braces. A new version of the system called Invisalign Express can correct some minor issues in as little as six months.
Invisalign is Less Painful
Since the Invisalign system is more efficient and more effective than traditional braces, it has to exert less pressure on your teeth. There can occasionally be minor pain involved, but nothing like the alternative. Plus, since the mouthpiece can be removed, patients can more easily work the treatment into their lifestyle.
Invisalign Lets You Eat Anything
The mouthpiece is removed at mealtimes so that patients are free to eat whatever they would like without worrying about compromising their treatment. Eating with the mouthpiece in can create issues, but it is so easy to remove that most patients have no problem adjusting.
Consult an Orthodontist for More Things to Know About Invisalign
Only an orthodontist can tell you if this treatment can correct your specific issues. Visit a specialist at The Happy Tooth for a consultation.